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Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt accused the Syrian regime of president Bashar al Assad of trying to use the Druze of Syria in its brutal crackdown against the pro-democracy protesters .

Jumblatt on Friday urged the Druze of Syria not to engage in the repression of anti-regime protests, stressing that engaging the Druze in the “acts of killing” is a “historic mistake.”

In an interview with The Majalla weekly magazine , Jumblatt said: The Druze of Jabal al-Arab should not engage in a Syrian axis that is against the (Sunni) majority.” This is in reference to Daraa , a majority Sunni town and the flashpoint of the Syrian uprising. Daraa is adjacent to the Druze stronghold of Jabal al-Arab

“The Syrian regime is using some military recruits from the residents of Jabal al-Arab in acts of killing and repression against the protesters in Homs, Hama and Daraa,” jumblatt said

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